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Postcards from 2.1, 2.6, and 2.7

Sunday, September 2nd, 2012

 Class this week was about vacations. Students were given fifteen minutes to write and decorate a postcard to anyone (friends, family, teachers, or idols) about their summer vacation (either their real vacation, or their ideal vacation). The had to use one of five idioms taught in class: cabin fever, the dog days of summer, R&R, hit the road, and veg out. Here’s what three of my second grade girl classes came up with.

Dear ES

Hi. My name is SM. Why do you like me? I know you like me. I know you care. But I’m so busy girl Sorry. ^_^.
How about your vacay? This week is the day of summer. Be careful your health. You should grow up!! Loser.

Bye bye ~

[E: Note, the words over 'Hell gate' say "Dormitory Building 1."]

Dear people in Jindo (my hometown)

Hi! Everyone I’m ES! I was very sorry to hear the news that typhoon came and destroyed all town. Although Jindo is out of the map now, I believe someday the most beautiful island Jindo will arise.
It was very very terrible vacation.
But luckily my family move the town. We’re okay.
Be health! and cheer up! and Be R&R
Sincerely, Eunseo

[E: Jindo wasn't actually destroyed by the typhoon, fyi. This was written on Monday, before the typhoon hit on Tuesday.]

Dear Emily,

I saw my feature of future in a dream.
In dreams, my feature was different each day.
I tried to do something that is the phase of my future dream, but I failed.
I want to be the person who was in my dream, but I didn’t even try it@
Please give me a cheer up words!
It’s the dog days of summer that sometimes I want to give up dream.
Help me!
Sincerely, NK

Dear Emily
I want to go Europe with only a backpack and money and eat a lot of country food. but I will escape Dog Days of summer. I like little cloudy weather (not rainny or humid day). I will take a lot of picture and meet foreign friends ^_^.
Sincerely.

Dear Emily <3 ^ㅠ^<3
Hello. I got your letter yesterday so I was very happy. I had an unforgettable vacation like you. I met my lover ‘공유’ who is actor by coincidence. I approached him right away.. ^o^ㅎ I told that I’m a big fan of him. I asked him that I want to have dinner together. As he was not busy, he could have dinner with me. Seeing such a handsome man is really fantastic.
Sincerely, GH

Dear HNH
Hello, it’s me.What’s up?
I was sick so I went to hospital in Gangwondo.
I want to heard however,you stay home or anywhere. I misses my friends who live in Changpyeong. I misses my parents because I don’t se the. I met them once a week. I was very sad but I”m okay because now I live in CP high school.
Sincerely, DH

Dear 봉냔
Today your hair is 뭉치뭉치 [E: bunch bunch] like 삽살 [E:?] dog. You borrow my hairband.
Last week you borrowed my hairband.
So you have 2 my hairbands –
When they return me? –
Please return as soon as possible.
P.S. today 불라벤 come 한반도 [E: 불라벤: the typhoon; 한반도: the peninsula]
so we have to 사재기 [E: stockpile?]
i wish you have R&R, good luck.

Dear Crab Meat <3
Hi! I writing a letter to you. This summer I have a wonderful vacation.
During this summer vacation, I was really, really comfortable. I rest all day.
I relax all day. I slept all day. Complete R and R. I didn’t study, but instead of studying I read comic books of all worlds. Now I can concentrate at study, I think.
You like treat me roughly,  but I think I like it. I want to be your friend for long time.
Sincerely, intelligent.

Dear YR
Hello ~~ what’s up!! How are you??? ㅇuㅇ.
I’m so so happy ~~
Because!! I wen to “East Sea” with “Ki Sung Yong”
Do you know him??
he is very important and famous soccer player ~~
We play in the water ~~ We ate samgyupsal.
It’s so delicious ~ because we were deeply in love~~!!
We need R&R, so we went to spa.
It’s very very special summer vacation.
After I meet him with U. You expect him ~~
bye ~~~~ ^_^

Dear SY. HY.
Hi, I’m your love love DE.
This summer is so so so so hot.
We need  more R&R :( .
I hit the road 완도 [E: to Wando, an island] with my friends *^^*
It was short, but I satisfied with this travel. Because we went there together ~~. When we grow up, promise that we can go travel together next and after next year we always be together <3.

What Makes You Happy?

Friday, July 13th, 2012

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Goodbyes Part 3: Wednesday

Friday, July 15th, 2011

So far this has been my hardest day, though I think that Friday will prove to be the most difficult (being my last day, and also my last class with class 2.1 – my advanced second grade students). I teach two of my best behaved classes on Wednesdays – class 2.6 (very low level, second grade, co-ed, approximately 10 students) and 2.2 (intermediate, second grade, co-ed, approximately 30 students – one of my two penpal project classes), and I also teach class 2.3 (low level, second grade, all girls, approximately 20 students) which is not exactly well-behaved, but well-meaning and full of spunk.

When I walked into class 2.6 today I found a giant pyramid of chocopies on my teacher’s podium, decorated with fish-flavored crackers, and I found out that there were only four out of my usual seven (which again, is out of my actual ten) students. Two students were sick, three were off doing sports things, and one was being disciplined. The four students that were there (three girls and a boy) participated well. It was actually interesting teaching only them – they are normally the shyest students in the class, and at the beginning of the year I couldn’t get them to talk. This class was my most difficult class in September 2010, and it’s become one of my favorites. Unfortunately the two girls that were sick, and one of the boys that was off doing sports things, are the three highest level English speakers in the class, and thus the ones that I end up talking to a lot outside of school and have really bonded with, and it was sad that I couldn’t say goodbye to them. I’ll have to go back to their homeroom later. Rose (her Korean name literally means Rose) is actually older than I am, has really awesome tattoos, and is an absolute sweetheart. The other girl is my only student that to date has written down everything I have written on the board. The other boy has a part time job and sometimes I see him late at night delivering pizzas. He runs with the cool gangster crowd, but every time he sees me says “hi” to me, which I think he gets some flak from them for doing. Not only does he say “hi” to me, he starts up conversations and makes them talk to me too.
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before and after fish chip inspiration.

I left 2.6 late because I was chatting with them, then realized that I still needed to print papers for 2.2 which I was supposed to teach immediately afterwards. Therefore I ran to class, was a bit late, and didn’t think that it was odd that two students met me in the hallway and walked me into class.
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On the chalkboard all the students had written messages to me (including my favorite message written by Smart Alec as I’m going to call him, which read “Hi Emily. I’m fine thank you and you?” – my least favorite phrase in the entirety of the English language) and they had a song cued up on the computer. Without missing a beat the students started singing at the top of their lungs. I didn’t catch all the words, but I caught “thank you.”

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After class (where we played American Geography & Flat Stanley Penpal Project Jeopardy and then wrote letters to the new English teacher introducing ourselves) some students came up and gave me coffee, notes, and I even got one picture of me with some of the girls at Sports Day. I love this class, there are so many fun personalities. There’s Smart Alec who was the only boy in my winter English camp and totally lived it up, being a total, well, smart alec. There’s ILY Boy as I’m going to call him, who every time and everywhere I see him (much like I Miss You So Much(e)) starts screaming “EMILY TEACHER I LOVE YOU.” Literally everywhere. There’s my Piano Prodigy who every Tuesday and Thursday rides the train into Seoul and takes piano lessons there because she’s just that darn good, who also happens to be amazing at English. There’s Rock On Boy, who when the other students came to greet me, gave me a fist bump instead of a handshake and then bragged to his friends that we were friends on facebook. I Miss You So Much(e) also came into this class at the end to rub it in everyone’s faces that he would see me on Friday. He’s somehow taller than me now, I don’t know if that’s a recent development or he’s just always been taller than me and I never quite noticed…

During class they told me not to cry, and cheered when I promised to visit them. I made them promise to be nice to the new English teacher, and they harrumphed but obliged. I’m going to miss class 2.2 so much it’s not even funny… this is the closest I’ve come to crying over leaving yet.

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Here are some excerpts from 2.2′s student notes. I debated whether or not to post these because they’re private letters, and also it seems somewhat self-serving, and like I’m trying to make myself seem like a better teacher than I am, but I decided to post them for numerous reasons, the biggest reason being that it’s my gosh darn blog, so I can do what I want with it ^_^. Also , because I’ll be moving around so much in the next few years, there’s a good chance I could lose these notes, which would be tragic, so if I post them here at least I’ll still have the message.

To. Emily teacher

Hi, Emily teacher ~~
I’m GW
Today of the last lesson. so, I’m sad.
In the meantime Sapgyo for high school passion very thanks and take the trouble ^_^
Spent with a teacher time I’ll never forget.
Do you know?
Emily techer is attitude makes popular with students.
You are the best a native speaking instructor I’ve ever had.
I hope you go to a new school that’s plug along.
Good luck <3
Bye ~ Bye~

Hi Emily! I’m Piano Prodigy.
I heard that you leave the Sapgyo high school. So, I’m very sad. ㅠ_ㅠ.
I’ll never forget recollection with you and Young Rim. (Cheonan).
Emily! thanks for teaching me.
When you teaching me I feel very happy and fun.
I never forget you. Contact me!
goodbye, I love you! <3

I then ended the day with class 2.3 which has always been a hit or miss class. They’re very sweet, and they’re very well-meaning, but they’re also very loud, which combined with the fact that they’re low-level, can be a difficult combination to work with. Started the class off on the wrong foot, when I went to their classroom and half the students were missing. The class captain then burst into the room, started screaming at another student, and wouldn’t answer any of my questions or even acknowledge me, then stormed out of the room. I immediately followed, yelling her name down the hall, as other students kind of stared at me, and she turned out of my sight around a corner. She then immediately came back, with a bunch of choco pies stacked into a cake along with the other half of the class. They weren’t late or disrespectful, they were just trying to surprise me. Oops.

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They then sang me a song but my camera died halfway through, whoops.

ChocoPies

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Chocopies are awesome.


I am having issues with a lot of Korean junk food. Not serious issues, just… minor taste things. ESPECIALLY Korean junk food that’s supposed to taste like American junk food. For the love of God never ever eat Korean cheetoes – they’re this rancid red color, and they taste slightly peppery and nothing like cheese. Other junk food I need to be careful about because a lot of it is squid or lobster flavored. Generally I avoid that by not eating junk food that has a weird cartoon animal on it that I can’t figure out. That’s a pretty safe bet anyway, no matter where you are I think. ChocoPies are different. There is absolutely nothing natural about a ChocoPie. It’s a milk chocolately shell over a cake like interior with a ribbon of marshmellow. I don’t tend to like marshmellows in any form (especially super-processed marshmellows), I’m a snob about my cake, and also I tend to like dark chocolate more than milk, so why do I like ChocoPies? I like them because they’re unabashaedly processed and horrible for you. They are exactly what they look like – chocolate marshmellow cake puff pie things.

I teach until Wednesday then I have no more classes until March. Today I was stopped in the hall by one of my co-teachers and she asked me to visit her class today during 6th period. I teach this class on Fridays so I said already said goodbye to them last week. This particular co-teacher actually isn’t an English teacher, she’s a computer teacher. This is class 2.6 (2nd grade 6th class), and they are my lowest level 2nd grade class (and one of my two super-low level classes). Because of their major, they don’t have time to take a normal English class, so instead of having my English conversation class supplemented by a normal English class where they learn grammar, vocabulary etc,  my class is the only English class they have. 

This of course makes this one of the most difficult classes. I know what their speaking ability is but I’m still not entirely sure what they’ve formally learned in a class in terms of grammar or vocab because they haven’t taken a single English class at Sapgyo High School (until now). Also my co-teacher for this class is not an English teacher, so though her English is passable she can’t really explain grammar points, and I can’t use difficult terminiology and then rely on her to translate. Anything I teach has to be very clearly laid out using simple vocabulary, or easy enough for her to understand and then translate. I have mastered the art of circumlocution and pantomine. However this also makes it one of my most rewarding classes. Sometimes I feel a little redundant as a native speaker – but in these classes I’m not just the Native Speaker English Teacher – I’m just the English teacher.

They hadn’t known that it was my last day teaching last Friday, so I guess they weren’t quite ready to say goodbye (because though I’ll see them in March I won’t teach them because they’ll be 3rd graders – high school seniors). I go to their classroom and see on the board they’ve drawn a picture of me with balloons and pictures of themselves with a sign that says “WE’LL MISS YOU EMILY! THANK YOU ENGLISH TEACHER!” Unfortunately, today was the one day I didn’t bring my camera to school. I stand staring at the whiteboard for a minute and as I turn to face the class I have a GIANT box of chocopies thrust in my face. Adorning this box are three individually wrapped chocopies on top, and an unwrapped chocopie in the middle of these decorations. I stand there, flabbergasted. The teacher tells them in Korean to ”say something” to which they all start stammering in Korean, until a student yells out:

“HAPPY SUPRISE WAOOOWWWW!”

and then I start laughing and he replies “Teacher! Cry!” with a demanding look on his face and I reply “No! Makeup!”

Then we said goodbye.

Man I love ChocoPies.